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Sidet: Forced Exile
A film by Salem Mekuria
1991, 60 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99363
During the past two decades, more than two million refugees have left Ethiopia. Famine, poverty and political strife as well as the religious persecution caused by Eritrea’s annexation have already cost countless lives. Narrated by Salem Mekuria, an Ethiopian filmmaker in the US, this lucid documentary presents the life stories of three women refugees in neighboring Sudan. It traces the attempts of individual women to survive displacement, resettlement camps and ineffectual bureaucracy. An astute, politically sophisticated analysis of social and economic crisis from the perspective of Third World women.


  • National Educational Film and Video Festival, Silver Apple
  • National Black Programming Consortium, Best Public Affairs Documentary

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    “Exemplary in its depiction of the plight of refugee women. It is time that they tell their own stories.”
    Sima Wali
    Refugee Women in Development

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